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Cooper Kupp Fantasy Football Outlook Points to Fringe WR1 Production in New-Look Rams Offense

Larry Rupp
Cooper Kupp's fantasy outlook points to WR1 production in the new look 2021 Rams offense.
Cooper Kupp's fantasy outlook points to WR1 production in the new look 2021 Rams offense. / Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images

Los Angeles Ram Cooper Kupp put together an underwhelming 2020 campaign in which he finished as the No. 26 WR in PPR leagues just one year after ending as the No. 4 WR in 2019. However, expect the fifth-year pro to get back to his old ways in the fall as part of a dangerous new-look Rams offense.

Cooper Kupp Fantasy Outlook

Kupp didn't get much help last season as quarterback Jared Goff struggled to consistently push the ball down the field. He was still able to put together a solid season racking up 1,007 yards from scrimmage on 96 touches, but his lack of scoring (3 touchdowns) killed him in fantasy football.

The Rams made it a priority to fix their QB problem in the offseason and traded for longtime Detroit Lions starter Matthew Stafford. Stafford has been known to lead a pass-heavy offense and has the arm talent needed to take full advantage of the skillset Kupp has to offer.

In 2020, Kupp ranked third amongst qualified NFL wide receivers in yards after the catch (507) and ninth in receptions (92). Everything lines up for him to have a bounce-back year. The 28-year-old may be the best weapon out of the slot position Stafford has had since the likes of Golden Tate.

It's likely Kupp sees a ton of targets over the middle as wideouts Robert Woods and DeSean Jackson draw defenders deep down the field. He heads into the fall with a very safe floor as a reliable WR2, while his upside is enormous.

Kupp currently has an average draft position of No. 50 overall and No. 19 amongst wide receivers, according to FantasyPros. It would be smart to grab him early on in drafts given this is his best chance yet to prove he is a WR1 in fantasy football.

Kupp checks in as the WR15 in The Duel's 2021 fantasy football rankings.

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